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Joseph Scranton Tate Jr


Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 #42-41002. Killed in Action (KIA). Tate was acting command pilot.

SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, French CG/WP


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 409th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40128 'Ball Of Fire III' / 'War Baby'

    B-24 Liberator
    Veteran of the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya. Lost on 18 Nov 43, after receiving damage from attacking Me 109s after the Hjeller-Oslo, Norway mission. MACR 2187. A/C landed in Sweden and crew were interned. ...

  • 42-41002

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23667 'Ball of Fire' 'Barber Bob'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner S/Sgt Arthur L Crandall made the 8AF first kill when he downed a Fw190 on 9-Oct-42. War-Weary became group's assembly ship decorated with multicoloured stripes hence the Barber's influenced renaming.


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born St Augustine, Florida
Based Hardwick 10 December 1943 – 22 December 1943
Killed in Action Netherlands 22 December 1943

Commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing


Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 23:35:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 14:51:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 00:54:10 bombercommand Changes to middlename

UPL 23736

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 10:57:30 Lucy May Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Combined two entries for Joseph S Tate. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 2183 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database!history-roll-of-honor/cqub

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:33 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, 8th AF Losses / ABMC; MACR 2183, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 433 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia